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Executive summary The development of offshore wind represents an interesting technology opportunity for the US. On one hand, offshore wind is a European invention, and early technologies will have to be almost exclusively imported from Europe. On the other, though, the rapid pace of technology development in offshore wind offers significant potential for the US […]
LM Wind Power has inaugurated a new Technology Center Americas facility to develop and test new techniques for designing and building wind turbine blades at its facility on the NASA Michoud campus outside of New Orleans, Louisiana.
On 15 May, the Scottish government approved the variation application submitted by Kincardine Offshore Windfarm Limited (KOWL) in November 2017 for the floating wind project to be built some 15 kilometres south-east of Aberdeen.
HBM, a supplier of foundation monitoring systems including both resistive and fiber-optical strain gauges, has weighed the technical advantages and costs of both technologies, ultimately advocating the use of fiber-optical strain gauges on offshore wind foundations.
It has been said more than once so far that offshore wind is a resource that can largely contribute to meeting the targets set out in the Paris Agreement. According to Bent Christensen, Vice President at Siemens Gamesa, offshore wind technology is already at a point to help meet COP21 goals.
The global drive for low-carbon solutions has powered more renewable energy technologies looking to hit the market and Lloyd’s Register is one of the first-hand witnesses of this as the company is seeing an increase in inquiries for technology qualification and foresees a significant growth over the next 5 to 10 years, according to John Yates, Offshore Business Development Manager at Lloyd’s Register.
The 66kV cable technology opens up new space within an offshore wind project’s supply chain as it brings some novel features, and this is especially true for floating wind.
The developers of the 252MW DeBu offshore wind project are considering adding two more demonstration wind turbines to test the suction bucket foundation technology at the site in the German North Sea.
In October, Australian company Gap Explosive Ordnance Detection (EOD) will deliver a new system for detection of unexploded ordnance (UXO) to Boskalis, recently contracted together with Fugro to survey and identify UXO along the cable routes for the planned grid connection between TenneT’s two offshore platforms and its high-voltage substation onshore.
ABB has won a USD 30 million (approx. EUR 26 million) order from ScottishPower Renewables to supply two SVC Light® Static Compensators (STATCOMs) to enable voltage stabilisation and enhanced power quality for the East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm.
By Emma Anderson, Ecosse Subsea Ecosse Subsea Systems Ltd. (ESS), based in Aberdeenshire, are delighted to announce the award of U.S.Pat.Nos. 9422690 and 9657455 for their SUST (SCAR Uninterrupted Soils Testing) plough technology. The ESS Over-the Stern Plough System is protected under patents pending in the EU (13728243) and in the U.S.(2014/0150303 A1). This proprietary […]
Limpet Technology, an Edinburgh-based engineering company, is developing a new offshore personnel transfer system and completed the first prototype in January.
Pilot floating wind farm projects such as the ones recently approved in France provide floating technology developers with a chance to demonstrate that their products can be a part of the future energy mix, Joost Heemskerk, SBM Offshore’s Renewable Energy Product Line Director told Offshore WIND.
Danish company Floating Power Plant (FPP) has embarked on a EUR 10 million capital raise, supported by the company Johnston Carmichael.
Nexans has given a boost to its high voltage direct current (HVDC) cable portfolio with cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) insulation designs now fully qualified for 320kV and type-tested at 525kV, and mass impregnated paper insulation now ready for 600kV. HVDC power links are now able to utilize Nexans XLPE cables that are qualified to 320kV, while type testing at […]
Lloyd’s Register (LR) has introduced a range of new class notations which cover offshore support vessels (OSVs) intended to operate in renewable energy sectors such as the offshore wind market. LR has also launched the special feature notation, ‘W2W’ (Walk-to-Work), which is applicable to personnel transfer systems. These systems are now increasingly used not only in […]
Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), RES Offshore and Lloyd’s Register have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on offshore wind collaboration. The MOU was signed during the 11th Taiwan-UK Renewable Energy Conference held from 30 May to 1 June in Taiwan, where 14 UK companies and 22 delegates shared their expertise on renewable energy, especially on offshore wind industry. Taiwan is […]
HiDef today informed that its bespoke ultra-high resolution digital video aerial technology had been confirmed as the standard bearer for offshore wildlife surveys by academics from the University of Kiel. The study, published in May, has highlighted the effectiveness of HiDef’s technology, with a direct comparison to two still camera platforms. The study reports on the findings […]
Barge Master has received the Spotlight on New Technology award for its T40 motion compensated knuckle boom crane at this year’s Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston. “We are extremely honored to be receiving the Spotlight on New Technology award for our BM-T40 motion compensated knuckle boom crane. We are earnestly grateful for the recognition we have received […]
DNV GL has certified a new technology for manufacturing wind turbine rotor blades in a special process from a polyurethane resin and a glass fiber fabric, developed by Covestro, a supplier of high-tech polymer materials headquartered in Germany. According to Covestro, its system is the world’s first polyurethane resin to receive this certification. “This brings us a […]
The inaugural Sustainable Energy & Technology Asia exhibition & conference will be held in March in Thailand. The event, hosted by Thai Ministry of Energy and the national Nuclear Society, will take place from 23 to 25 March in Bangkok’s International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC). Thailand has the second highest primary energy demand in the ASEAN region and […]
A strong partnership has resulted in the development of a new wind turbine technology, which could mean a leap forward in blade control and cost reduction. Leading Danish wind industry players and the scientific community have joined forces to develop the iRotor technology, a solution which uses wireless sensor technology to measure changes in the […]
JDR has appointed James Young as its Chief Technology Officer, who will take up the role with effect from 1st February 2016. In his prior role as Engineering Director, Young led the attraction and development of JDR’s engineering talent for many years, the company said. David Currie, CEO, said: “This appointment truly recognises the responsibilities and key contribution […]
Paul Floren, Global Communication Leader at GE Power Conversion, said that technology innovation plays a key role in reaching global climate change targets, which are being discussed at the ongoing COP21 summit in Paris. Read the full article: With the United Nations COP21 meeting in full swing, all eyes are on global climate change targets […]
International renewable energy organisations have come together at COP21 in Paris to demonstrate that reliable 100% renewable energy is not only possible, but that systems already exist today with significant potential for expansion. The side event, organised by the REN Alliance – a partnership of organisations representing the solar, wind, geothermal, hydropower and bioenergy sectors […]
The companies behind the suction pile technology have been recognized with the Pioneering Technology Award. Former Forewind survey manager, Tor Inge Tjelta, has been inducted into the Offshore Energy Center’s Hall of Fame in Houston for his work with suction pile technology spanning some 30 years, and now used within the offshore wind energy sector. Along with this […]